Author: Janine Moore

Mum’s Special Farmhouse Stew, a Big Hug in a Bowl

Mum’s signature Farmhouse Stew has been a family favourite for generations. It’s that wonderful hug that warms your soul, the kind your mum gives you when you’ve had a hard day, or the kind your grandma gives you when she knows you’re feeling under-the-weather. My mum, Joyce, or “grandma-Joyce.” Made this deep pan of farmhouse chicken stew on just those occasions, it’s the definition of a hug in a bowl. Joyce was trained as a cook in her younger years whilst living in Hampshire and worked all the hours of the day with her friend and boss Mrs Symonds,...

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Chocolicious Chocolate Covered, Chocolate Muffins

A recipe for a mid-week treat, or perhaps a treat that the kids can help to bake on a rainy weekend. This is a failsafe muffin recipe for all kinds of occasions, it can be kept rather simple or dressed up with all manner of icing and decoration, the choice is yours! The taste is totally delish! I enjoy keeping it simple with a deep dark chocolate coating using good quality dark chocolate at least 60% cocoa content and with a just hint of edible sparkles across the top whilst the chocolate is still sticky. This recipe makes approximately...

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Nottingham Industrial Museum at Wollaton Hall Deer Park and Gardens

Nottingham Industrial Museum takes me back to my childhood, it brings back all the lovely memories of visiting with my mum and brother, we’d always had an interest in all things mechanical, trains, steam engines, motorbikes etc. The local industries on display at the museum range from Lace making and textiles, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, clock making, iron works, printing, railways, motorcycles, bicycles and so much more. Working examples of steam engines full sized and models plus the Basford Beam engine can be seen steaming on the last Sunday of the month. Nottingham industrial museum is run entirely by volunteers and...

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Café in the Courtyard & The Potting Shed at Wollaton Park Nottingham

Located inside one of Nottingham’s prime parks with something for everyone, Wollaton Hall and Deer Park…  If you only manage a couple of hours, I would recommend you make time to relax at the Café in the Courtyard and enjoy a range of extremely tempting refreshments. My eldest son, my daughter and I set out for a stroll around the park on a very mild day, perfect weather for sitting outside the Café in the Courtyard with our refreshments, taking time out in such a lovely sheltered location and through the archway the Potting Shed and Nottingham Industrial Museum....

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Wollaton Hall and Gardens – The Home of Batman, Nottingham

Wollaton Hall and park in the suburbs of Nottingham is a whole manner of interests rolled into one, A grand Elizabethan mansion built in 1580 – 1588 by Sir Francis Willoughby, it’s a sprawling five-hundred-acre deer park with beautiful tree lined lake, an industrial museum with examples of the local industries and a steam pump that can be seen working on occasions. Wollaton Hall is currently the Nottingham Natural History Museum and has a wide range of educational and interactive natural history displays.  From the 1st July to 29th Oct 2017 the hall will also be hosting the Dinosaurs...

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Chapel St Leonards and Six Marshes Beach Walk, Lincolnshire

A part of unspoiled east coast, the fresh air and peaceful location combined with soft sandy beaches to wander and recharge the batteries, Chapel six marches, is my favourite Lincolnshire beach. Close to the Lincolnshire Wolds, this area is a haven for wildlife. Chapel Point, which is just a mile from the centre of the village is a favourite spot for birdwatches too, great for sightings of migrant birds such as the Mediterranean gull and occasionally a chance of spotting seals, I know this first hand, many years ago, and with the assistance of the R.S.P.C.A we rescued a...

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